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U.S. ambassador to Malta injured in fatal car crash near Calabasas

August 26, 2010 | 10:28 pm

Douglas Kmiec,Douglas Kmiec, the U.S. ambassador to Malta and a law professor at Pepperdine University, was involved in a car crash near Calabasas that killed a nun and injured a pastor, authorities said Thursday night. 

Kmiec, 58, was driving the 2009 Hyundai on Wednesday when the vehicle drifted onto a dirt shoulder and struck a drainage ditch on Mulholland Highway east of Stokes Canyon Road, the California Highway Patrol said. He suffered major injuries and was transported to a hospital.

Sister Mary Campbell, 74, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was in the back seat, the CHP said. Msgr. John Sheridan, 94, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital. He was in the front seat.

The CHP said it was unclear why the vehicle drifted off the road. Kmiec was sworn in as the U.S. ambassador in September 2009.

--Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Douglas Kmiec. Credit: U.S. Department of State